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April 24th, 2014

Council wants crackdown on 'begging'

April 24, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Whether its a gaggle of young dancers or gymnasts with money jars or a lone jobless person with a cardboard sign, the act of begging for cash from motorists at stoplights and busy intersections is one that has drawn the ire and concern of residents and city officials alike.
Putting public safety at the forefront of its decision, the City Council on Wednesday night voted to have Police Chief Paul King begin enforcing an existing city ordinance that prohibits people from soliciting money from drivers at intersections.

April 23rd

Candidates pitch ideas

April 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Touting the verities of education, job creation and capital-D Democratic values, three of the Democrats running for governor vied for the favor of their party’s city and town chairmen on Tuesday.
Democrats Gina Raimondo, Angel Taveras and Clay Pell made brief presentations to the RI Association of State Democratic City and Town Chairmen (RI ASDCTC) at Le Foyer ahead of that group’s endorsement vote scheduled for next month.

April 22nd

THIS JUST IN: Garage damaged by fire in Lincoln

April 22, 2014

LINCOLN -- Firefighters doused a blaze at 6 Winterberry Court Tuesday night after a freezer in the garage at the home started to smoke and then caught fire sending flames shooting through the roof of the structure. The fire broke out at about 7:30 p.m. No one was injured. For details and photos pick up Wednesday’s newspaper.

Central Falls to spas: Stay legit or quit

April 22, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — While city officials say there hasn't been a multitude of applicants, they are trying to make sure that any massage parlors that come to town are operating above board.
On Wednesday, the City Council will hold a public hearing to consider second passage of an ordinance amending its “Personal Services License” to add a sub-section on “Massage Parlor Public Health Ordinance.”
According to City Council President Bob Ferri, the amendment seeks to tighten the regulations under which massage parlors are licensed and allowed to operate.

April 21st

Mayor previews city budget plan

April 21, 2014

PAWTUCKET—Calling it more of his “building a bridge to progress” campaign theme, Mayor Donald Grebien has come up with a proposed $112.3 million city operating budget for fiscal year 2015 that provides additional revenue in some key areas while promising a zero tax increase.
The spending plan is about $1.6 million higher than the current fiscal year's budget of $110.7 million, reflecting an increase of 1.47 percent. The proposal involved no property tax increase for home or business owners and no increase in taxes for tangibles or motor vehicles.

April 20th

Young chef stirs up honor

April 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET — In news that was sweet as her recipe, Gianna Casto, a 9-year-old student at Fallon Memorial Elementary School, made it all the way to the regional finals in Sodexo’s fourth annual Future Chefs National Challenge.

Casto, in Grade 4, first entered the Pawtucket Future Chefs competition held at her school last month. According to Solange Morrissette, general manager of Sodexo, the students were asked to create a “healthy sandwich” recipe, and Casto impressed the panel of local judges with her “Hawaiian Delight for Vegetarians.”

Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times.

April 17th

Man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend

April 17, 2014

PAWTUCKET—Facing what would have been a third trial in the fatal shooting of his former girlfriend in 2008, a Pawtucket man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to second degree murder.
Juan L. Diaz, 30, entered the plea before Superior Court Judge Netti C. Vogel to second degree murder in the shooting death of Mayra Cruz. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 22.

April 16th

Pawtucket School Committee approves new budget

April 16, 2014

PAWTUCKET—While acknowledging it will undergo changes in the coming months, the School Committee unanimously approved a new School Department budget of approximately $107 million for the upcoming fiscal year at its committee meeting on Tuesday.

April 15th

Despite repairs City Hall tower still leaks

April 15, 2014

PAWTUCKET—Now that he's done watching the weather forecasts for snowstorms, it's heavy rain that DPW Director Lance Hill is keeping an uneasy eye on.
As has happened in recent weeks, rain water leaked into the City Hall tower and caused the main elevator to malfunction. The elevator is once again operational, but the years-old leakage problem in the Art Deco-style tower that contains it is a recurring one with no easy (or cheap) solution in sight.

April 14th

Brawl ends in arrests

April 14, 2014

PAWTUCKET—Four men from the Boston area, two of whom are brothers, were arrested for fighting after a brawl erupted outside of Di Nos Restaurant, 908 Main St., on Sunday night.

April 13th

Day tours of Valley to feature some Pawtucket icons

April 13, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Just as a gently used item can be “new” to someone else, taking a fresh look at familiar places — especially those steeped in history — can yield pleasant surprises. Along those lines, this year’s kickoff event celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week on Saturday, May 3, features the Blackstone Valley, and Pawtucket in particular, in two of nine tours.

April 11th

Third murder suspect arrested

April 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET—A third suspect has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the Dec. 24 shooting death of 21-year-old Ryan Almeida at Galego Court, Pawtucket Police announced Friday.

On Thursday, April 10, Pawtucket Police arrested Tyron M. Wilcox, 21, of 6 Ware Court in Providence. He was taken into custody in Providence with assistance from the Rhode Island State Police Fugitives Task Force and the U.S. Marshals Service, said Major Arthur Martins.

April 10th

Police: Shooting was payback

April 10, 2014

PAWTUCKET—About three and a half months after the shooting death of 21-year-old Ryan Almeida at Galego Court, a 20-year-old Providence man was apprehended in Maine and charged with his murder. Pawtucket Police also say that a 17-year-old male has been charged in the crime and one or more additional arrests may be imminent.

April 9th

Lincoln man arrested on child sex charges

April 9, 2014

LINCOLN—The State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested a 21-year-old local man Wednesday on charges related to the alleged child molestation of an 11-year-old Coventry boy, according to Col. Steven G. O’Donnell, state police superintendent.

April 8th

Garage gets go-ahead

April 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET—Following a two-part hearing on a contentious issue, the Board of Appeals on Monday voted 5 to 0 to approve a variance allowing for an oversized garage on Sharon Avenue property belonging to the Grupo Amigos Da Terceira.
The garage, to be built on property at 125 Sharon Ave., will reportedly be used to store vehicles belonging to the Portuguese social club. The main Grupo Amigos community center, at 55 Memorial Dr., is located next door to the white, two-family house at 125 Sharon Ave. where the club intends to construct the new garage.

April 7th

LA Fitness eyes Pawtucket site

April 7, 2014

PAWTUCKET— An unsightly and long-neglected stretch of busy North Main Street, near an underground bowling alley and former Sears department store, will get a much-needed lift with a proposal to build a new LA Fitness Center.
The proposal by Nms Associates LLC, part of the Procaccanti Group real estate management and investment firms, will involve an expanse of property that stretches down North Main Street from Ann Mary Street in Pawtucket to the corner of the old Sears store at White Avenue in neighboring Providence.

April 6th

In Cumberland, a new school rises

April 6, 2014

CUMBERLAND – Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy’s elementary school building has begun to take shape at the former Currier Park on Broad Street near Town Hall, and is expected to open to students in the fall.

That was the forecast offered by Robert Bellafiore, a spokesman for Civic Builders, on Friday as workers from H.V. Collins, Civic’s contractor, continued to erect steel beams at the site.

April 3rd

Former city councilor dies

April 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET—She was the city's own version of Geraldine Ferraro. Kathleen A. Magill, the first woman to hold a City Council seat and the first to run for mayor, passed away on Wednesday after a brief illness. She was 69.
Magill, a married mother of three, made history in 1979 when she became the first woman elected to the Pawtucket City Council. She won a city-wide, at-large council seat and served for eight years.

POLITICS AS USUAL: Speaker fight offered plenty of noise, precious little change

April 3, 2014

Editor's note: This column was first published in The Times on March 31.
The events between March 21, when the FBI raided then-House Speaker Gordon Fox’s third-floor Statehouse office, and Tuesday, March 25, when Cranston Rep. Nicholas Mattiello put his hand on a Bible and was sworn in as the new Speaker, were seismic, a lightning-fast blitzkrieg of political maneuvering, a fundamental shakeup in the House of Representatives and a change in the most powerful political office in the state.

Pet food company buys building in Pawtucket

April 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET—In a move that is being hailed as a major win by city officials, a growing pet food and supply company has purchased the Benjamin F. Chester Building at 175 Main St. as its corporate headquarters.

 

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